Top Tips For Hosting A Summer Party
With summer coming, it’s time to start thinking about ways to better entertain outside! You can count on these tips and I’ve been a professional event planner for over 20 years. While I enjoy entertaining guests at home, it’s no easy task. I recognize how difficult it can be for someone without a lot of experience. Below, you will find the comprehensive checklist you need to start entertaining like a professional.
1. Make Things Fun
The most important thing to do when you are trying to prep for entertaining has some fun with it. While you may want to stick to using traditional decor indoors, all bets are off outside. Have fun with those shiny pink flamingo decorations and three-color glow-in-the-dark necklaces! There is nothing off-limits when you are decorating outdoors. The summer is a time to show off those brass decorations that would look silly inside.
One of the best additions to your summer entertaining efforts would be a self-serve bar. Have a place where guests can “help themselves.” You can purchase a large tub and fill it with ice. Have all of your drinks conveniently chilled and available to all of your guests. No one wants to ask for something. Having a self-serve bar ensures that all of your guests have a great time without having to ask for a drink awkwardly.
3. Serve Easy Food
One of the best things you can do to make things easier for yourself and your guests is to serve easy-to-eat food. Try not to serve food that is difficult to distribute. You also want to make it food that’s easy to eat. This means avoiding food that requires a lot of cutting. Try to make it grab-and-go food that people can conveniently place on their plates. It doesn’t mean it needs to be finger food, but it should be easy to get and not messy.
4. Pay Attention To The Temperature
Whenever you are hosting people outdoors, you need to be wary of the temperature of your food and drinks. Food needs to be kept at a certain temperature to keep it safe to eat. Once everyone has eaten and grabbed seconds, it’s time to put the food away. To keep the food fresh during the party, you want to use as much ice as needed. Getting ice in bulk is key to keeping the food and drinks cold.
5. Use IKEA Glassware
IKEA is one of the best places to shop if you want to get glassware for your outdoor gatherings. They are nice-looking and affordable. You don’t want to use the expensive crystal for your outdoor parties. These are parties where things are likely to get broken. You don’t want glasses breaking to ruin your party.
6. Have Seated And Standing Areas
If you are hosting a gathering outdoors, you’ll want to have sufficient space for people to sit and stand. Not everyone is going to be able to sit at a large gathering. This shouldn’t be a problem. Some people would prefer to stand anyways. Ensure you have enough seating for those that do want to sit. Try to have a dedicated place for people to stand too.
7. Talk With Guests
You want to speak with everyone at the party. Try to introduce yourself to everyone. The entire point of them going to the party is for you. Be certain you are going around and making yourself available to your guests.
8. Party Favours
Try to make something for your guests to take home with them. Having party favors is always a good idea. They have something they can carry home with them as a memory of the party.